Difficult: Mothering Challenging Adult Children through Conflict and Change

Rowman & Littlefield,  April 2024

​​Difficult brings to life the conflicts that arise for mothers who are confronted with the unexpected, burdensome, and even catastrophic dependencies of their adult children associated with mental illness, substance use, or chronic unemployment.

Through real stories of mothers and their challenging adult children, Difficult addresses a family situation which too many keep secret. The book allows readers to see that they are not alone.  It includes resources for getting help: finding social support, staying safe, engaging in self-care, and helping the adult child.

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| ISBN: 978-1538192733 | Publication Date: April 2024